Upcoming Events

November

Alliance Meets Friday, November 1

Meets at 2:00 p.m. in Parish Hall. “You Need a Healthcare Advocate!” We are pleased to present our very own Catherine Callahan, who is a member of national Alliance of Professional Health Advocates (APHA). Find out through skits and discussion why you need an advocate, what an advocate does, and simple steps you can take to get better healthcare. She has been quoted in Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, and Costco Monthly Magazine, and she also received the 2018 Women’s Empowerment Fund Grant to write her book, You Can Do It! Tools to Better Manage Your Healthcare. Catherine speaks to health and medical support groups on a regular basis, and has started her own health advocacy business. Bring a friend. Join us on the first Friday of each month from October to June for a stimulating presentation and the tea which follows. All are welcome: USSB congregants, friends, neighbors, men and women of all ages. Coffee and tea will be served. Your contribution of some goodies to share makes our tea a delicious afternoon treat. We look forward to welcoming you.

Young Adult Monthly Hangout Friday, November 1

You’re invited to the first monthly hangout for our new USSB young adult group from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Starr King Playground area. In addition to a potluck dinner and barbecue (Kathleen Hogue keeps promising to prepare ribs for this event, if that helps to entice you), we’ll plan our ongoing monthly meeting times and start coming up with a shared vision for the group at this first get together. If you’re a parent and interested in joining us, childcare will be provided so you can focus on conviviality and community.

A couple other notes about tonight. First, feel free to wear a costume! It’s absolutely still that time of year. And if you don’t wanna, it’s not required 😊 Also, if you’re wondering if you’re right for the group, here are a couple of things to help guide you in that potentially distressing discernment process (it’s never easy getting older). Most importantly, do you identify as a young adult? In my mind, young adult is roughly defined as 18-35 years old. Don’t worry if you’re a little older than 35, though – you’re welcome if you feel the part!

Great Decisions Fall Series Wednesday, November 6

“The IMPEACHMENT WARS, What Lies Ahead?” On Wednesday, November 6 at 6:30 p.m., legal expert Steve Zipperstein returns to Parish Hall to discuss the accelerating impeachment saga. The drama will be compounded as public hearings will soon begin. The legal complexities are multiplying—come hear Steve’s view on what might be happening with presidential pardons, further criminal prosecutions, and more!”

New Member Orientation Sunday, November 10

This monthly class is the first in the New Member Journey, a series of classes designed to help prepare people to become members of the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara. We will chat, discuss our background and learn a little about USSB community and life. Email maureen@ussb.org for more information.

Realm 101 Class: 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. in Parish Hall, and tabling during Middle Hour. Join Erin to get answers to all your Realm-related questions! No sign-up required, just drop in. Email erin@ussb.org with questions.

Solidarity and Compassion Wednesday, November 13

Join us from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Parish Hall when we will be hosting Barbara Finch from Santa Barbara’s Social Service Agency for a World Café Solidarity and Compassion evening with the theme, “Care for our Children.” We offer a monthly gathering of guest speakers from the community to discuss ways of community healing during difficult times and to spend time in meditation and reflection. Hear members of the leading faith traditions, thinkers, musicians, visionaries, and activists share how their individual traditions and practices help us during this challenging time in our country and our world. Join us every second Wednesday of the month. Admission is by donation and everyone is welcome.

Women’s Empowerment Project

Quantum Consciousness Affinity Group meets Monday, November 18

Beginners QFT&C meets the third Monday of the month and gathers at 7:00 p.m. for starting promptly at 7:15 in Blake Lounge. Videos and discussion will focus on how the laws of physics imply we are all one. This month’s videos will summarize (1) BioCentrism – Does Your Mind Create the Universe, (2) What is Free Will? Do You Have It? (3) Tom Campbell’s Theory of Everything.

USSB Drumming Corps 2019 begins Thursday, November 21

Our drumming group meets on the third Thursday of each month from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. through next July. Learn from professional percussionists to prepare us to work with the choirs during worship services. Bring your own drum if you have one, or use one of ours. We meet in the Sanctuary. Bring the family and drum up some real family fun! Contact Ken Ryals with any questions, ken@ussb.org; (805) 965-4583 x226.

Vegan Film Night Friday, November 22

The next Vegan Film Night will be on Friday, November 22 at 7:00 p.m. in Blake Lounge.

What the Health is an investigative documentary that explores how big business, with the support of government, influences some of the nation’s leading health organizations addressing diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. The film exposes patterns of collusion and corruption that are costing trillions of healthcare dollars and keeping people sick. By contrast, the film also presents a series of medical professionals who counter these patterns—with clear scientific backing for their views.

Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck Thursday, November 28

Join us for Thanksgiving at 3:00 p.m. in Blake Lounge! Our USSB vegan potlucks are a safe space in which to explore the pleasures of a completely plant-based meal. People with all eating styles are warmly welcomed. The commitment for participation is to contribute food that is totally plant-based, i.e., totally vegan. Please bring a dish that serves 10-12 people, and bring utensils, dishes, cups, and napkins. Space is limited to 20-25 people, so be sure to RSVP if you plan to come, and update your RSVP if your plans change. Email albanese@religion.ucsb.edu.


December

Live from the Heart ❤ Winter Tales

Sunday, December 1 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in  Parish Hall. $20. A very special opportunity to learn about fellow UUs in the congregation as a dozen members will share personal stories told live in front of the audience. Hear these stories of personal expression and learn about the people behind the faces you see assembled each week. Feel Free to bring friends and family, but while tickets may be purchased at the door, please pre-order tickets so we will have enough cookies to please all! Purchase a ticket in the office, drop in or call (805) 965-4583 x 224.

Alliance Meets Friday 12/6

Meets at 2:00 p.m. in Parish Hall. Join in and bring a treat for the tea. All are welcome. Sojourner Kincaid Rolle: poet, playwright, environmental educator, peace activist, playwright, award winning poet including Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara (2015-2017) will bring us into the holiday season with  her poetry and stories. We will learn about the experiences of the Heart 2 Heart group discussions about race and culture created by Kincaid Rolle and Cheri Gurse. Sojourner will also share the artifacts used in the African American Kwanzaa celebration – the year-end harvest festivals that have taken place throughout Africa for thousands of years. Kwanzaa comes from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” or “first fruits of the harvest.” Just as UUs have seven core principals so does the December 26-January 1 Kwanzaa celebration.

Holiday Craft Fair Sunday 12/8

Join us for creating some holiday crafts during our social hour in Parish Hall, from 10:15-11:15 a.m. We provide all the needed materials. You bring the fun!

New Member Orientation Sunday 12/8

This monthly class is the first in the New Member Journey, a series of classes designed to help prepare people to become members of the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara. We will chat, discuss our background and learn a little about USSB community and life.

Solidarity and Compassion Wednesday 12/11

Join us from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Parish Hall. We offer a monthly gathering of guest speakers from the community to discuss ways of community healing during difficult times and to spend time in meditation and reflection. Hear members of the leading faith traditions, thinkers, musicians, visionaries, and activists share how their individual traditions and practices help us during this challenging time in our country and our world. Join us every second Wednesday of the month. Admission is by donation and everyone is welcome.

Grinch Family Fun Night & Potluck Friday 12/13

Join us in Parish Hall for some Whoville Fun. We will watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas and have lots of great games and food to share. Who makes the best Who pudding? Who wraps the best presents? Who will be the Holiday Cheermeister? Maybe you! Costumes optional!

Holiday Pageant Rehearsal Pancake Breakfast with Bouncy Castle Saturday 12/14

Join us in Parish Hall at 8:00 a.m. All pageant participants and their families welcomed for breakfast and rehearsal for the pageant will follow. Sign up to be in the pageant!

Holiday Pageant Sunday 12/15

Join us as we wonder, laugh, sing, and maybe cry together for our holiday pageant: “The Star of Bethlehem” (revised by Kathleen Hogue, from a script by Rev. Tim Kutzmark). Come and experience the story once again complete with all the characters you know and love including the Friendly Beasts who will be singing a song!

Vegan Potluck Sunday 12/15

Join us at 3:00 p.m. in Blake Lounge! Our USSB vegan potlucks are a safe space in which to explore the pleasures of a completely plant-based meal. People with all eating styles are warmly welcomed. The commitment for participation is to contribute food that is totally plant-based, i.e., totally vegan. Please bring a dish that serves 10-12 people, and bring utensils, dishes, cups, and napkins. Space is limited to 20-25 people, so be sure to RSVP if you plan to come, and update your RSVP if your plans change. Email albanese@religion.ucsb.edu.

Quantum Consciousness Affinity Group meets Monday 12/16

Beginners QFT&C meets the third Monday of the month and gathers at 7:00 p.m. for starting promptly at 7:15 in Blake Lounge. Videos and discussion will focus on how the laws of physics imply we are all one.

USSB Board of Trustees Meets Tuesday 11/19

All USSB members are invited to attend our monthly Board of Trustees meeting. It begins at 6:00 p.m. in Jefferson Hall. To view a draft agenda for the meeting, visit www.ussb.org/board-of-trustees

USSB Drumming Corps meets Thursday 12/21

Our drumming group meets on the third Thursday of each month from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. through July. Learn from professional percussionists to prepare us to work with the choirs during worship services. Bring your own drum if you have one, or use one of ours. We meet in the Sanctuary. Bring the family and drum up some real family fun! Contact Ken Ryals with any questions, ken@ussb.org; (805) 965-4583 x226.

Christmas Eve Services Tuesday 12/24

Join us for services at 5:00, 7:00, and 9:00 p.m. More details coming soon.


Weekly Events

Yoga with Monica

Meets Monday and Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Jefferson Hall. Open to all! This yoga is a gentle, restorative, healing experience. Focus is on holding poses, core movement, and breathing meditation, with care to protect the low back and neck. Drop in and give it a try! Cost is $13.00 a session.

Weekly Meditation Group: every wednesday

Please join us for the Wednesday sitting meditation at 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. in the USSB Sanctuary. No experience required. Take a breath, get centered and feel grounded mid-week. Kids are welcome to play with supervision while their grown-ups meditate. Email if you have any questions: maureen@ussb.org.


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